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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wedding Bling!

I'd thought I would share another card I made for Outlines Rubber Stamps, we'll see if makes the catalog cut! I used two sizes of Spellbinder's Scalloped Square Nesties with a thick piece of foam tape in the middle to create this "pillow look". I used my Japanese Screw Punch to drill holes in each of the scallops before I made the Nesties into a sandwich with the foam in the middle. Then using a craft needle and some metallic embroidery floss, I went up and down thru the holes, weaving the two Nesties together. I really liked how this finished up, not ever being able to master the sewing machine, my sewing details on cards are always very basic and hand stitched!

You can see the rest of the layout is simple in design, using a Cuttlebug folder and simple layers to create the background for my little "pillow". Of course, I used the good stuff to bling it up.... nothing compares to the Swarovski Crystals when it comes to Bling!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Life and Lemons

I've been using this image from Flourishes (Life, Love and Lemons) over and over in Copic Classes to demonstrate how to do the "Fur Technique" using Copic Blender Solution. Click on the highlighted words to see a video tutorial by Sherrie Siemens. This technique works brilliantly to achieve a realistic fur look when using animal images. But it works for other images too! After quickly coloring my Lemons I used a rag and a dab of the Solution to "remove" color..... giving my lemons a bit of texture and kind of a ruddy look, like real lemons. I thought after stamping this image so many times for class it was high time I used it to make a card!

I added a few simple embellishments to dress it up. The gold eyelets are adhesive backed and I popped a little green gem in the middle of each one. A Martha border along the bottom edge, she does make some killer punches! I also used a clear glaze pen to go over the lemons. Finished card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: ALl stamps by Flourishes: Life, Love and Lemons
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Green DP by Wild Asparagus, Yellow Card Stock, Neenah Peppercorn
  • Other: Copics, Spellbinder's Curved Rectangles, Ribbon by May Arts, Misc. Adhesive Eyelets, Green Crystals, Black Fine Tip Pen

Saturday, March 27, 2010

OCC - Sketch Challenge from Silke!

So today is Silke's last challenge for the month of March at the OCC. She issued a sketch challenge for today. Today is also the last challenge for both Silke and I with the OCC, as our year has flown by. I have enjoyed being a part of the weekly challenges immensely and creating along side so many talented ladies! So being the last challenge and since my pal Silke created the sketch... I followed the layout to a "T". Hop over to the OCC Blog and see if everyone else followed the sketch with the cards they created. There's usually one that strays.... and it is usually me!!! But not this week! LOL! We also have Robin Kirkpatrick as a guest designer today at the OCC, her blog is Robin's Rubber Room, hop over and show her some love!

Using Silke's Sketch and Basic Grey's Green at Heart Collection of papers, this is the card that I cooked up. I used Copics to color the birdies and the cages - I added some clear Spica over the cages too.

When I use jute string and wrap it around like this, I lay down a piece of Scor-Pal tape where I want the string to end up, then each time I wrap the string it adheres and stays in it's place, nice and neat! I added few stitch marks to finish things off. Finished card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession: Tweet Life #CL256
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: DP by Green at Heart by Basic Grey, Neenah Peppercorn
  • Other: Copics, Spica, Jute String, Button, EK Success Scallop Edge Border Punch, Cuttlebug Folder, Green Fine Tip Pen, Scor-Pal Tape 1/4"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stamp Simply #132 - Easter

Stamp Simply #131 - March 26th - Easter
Sharon's challenge call: EASTER, Easter is fast approaching... so today's challenge has us creating something for the Holiday!
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Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp. Play along and link your project with Mr. Linky on No Time to Stamp, Sharon's blog! Check out the beautiful samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Tammy, Janine, AJ,Deb, Barbara, Barb Schram, Jennifer, and Deb. Our March guest designer is the talented Marlene Bender, her blog is Heart Spring.

I have been staying busy this week and I was feeling totally overdue for a session in the stamp room! I used this cutesy little Bunny image from Art Impressions. Coloring with Copics, keeping my color choices light and springy feeling. I added a Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Pendant as a layer and adding texture on the yellow background with a floral Cuttlebug Folder. I did use a clear Spica pen on the eggs and added a glaze to them with Crystal Lacquer, so they are sparkly and shiny in person. The Blue Layers are created using a Pearlized Card Stock. Pretty simple, it's all about the layers with this one. Finished card is 5" Square.
  • Stamps: Easter Egg Nest by Art Impressions
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Easter DP by Creative Imaginations, Yellow, Blue Metallic, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Pendant, Crystal Lacquer, Clear Spica Pen, Copics

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wedding Bells

This is a wedding card using Outlines Stamps and Sparkly Swarovski Crystals!


I embossed the image several times with Detail Silver EP on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Paper, adding them back in layers. I used a W1 Copic marker to add a hint of grey color. The bells I cut out again, bending them in a curved position and adhering with 3D Silicone. A small little white silk bow to finish things off. Final cards size is 4 3/4" Square.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Our Creative Corner - EASTER

Silke has issued the call for the OCC Challenge today...
"Create something with an Easter Theme"
Hop over to the OCC Blog and see what all the ladies created for today and PLAY along!

This big polka dot paper is from Basic Grey's Green at Heart Collection. And those polka dots spoke to me and said -- put a button right here! So I did! Really a quickie card with a simple sentiment border, embellished with a Martha border punch and then the button add ons. I sewed them to the card stock using Jute String and added a little jute bow, of course using the bow easy to make the bow. Finished card is an A2.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stamp Simply #131 -CAS with Texture

Stamp Simply #131 - March 19th - CAS Texture
Sharon's challenge call: CAS Texture -- Adding texture to cards is fun. Today lets try to add texture, but still keep it clean and simple. Those 2 challenges may seem to be incongruous, but let's try! I think we'll get some pretty results!!! Your texture can come in any form -- embossing, distressing, adding embellishments for dimension -- whatever you like -- just add some fun texture to a CAS creation!!!
Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp. Play along and link your project with Mr. Linky on No Time to Stamp, Sharon's blog! Check out the beautiful samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Tammy, Janine, AJ,Deb, Barbara, Barb Schram, Jennifer, and Deb. Our March guest designer joins us for the Pink and Green challenge, Marlene Bender, her blog is Heart Spring.

This is pretty clean and simple for me. I added texture in the background panel with a Cuttlebug Folder and also used ribbons to make little tabs down the sentiment. A few of the flowers, I cut out from the DP and also popped them up. To create the corner tabs, I simply used a 1" square punch and cut the square on the diagonal. I couldn't resist a few stitch marks. The finished card is 4 3/4" Square.
  • Stamps: Sentiment by Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
  • Ink: Versafine Sepia Brown
  • Paper: Dp by Bo Bunny, Neenah Peppercorn, Brown Card Stock
  • Other: Brown Fine Tip Pen, Cuttlebug Folder, Misc. Ribbon

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Today brings a new challenge from the Impression Obsession Design Team.It's the start of our It's A Me Day Challenge.That means any Impression Obsession stamps used to show how you would spend a day just for you. You can join in the challenge and as usual there is a $25 gift certificate for IO up for grabs. Check out all the challenge rules on the IO Blog. Please cruise by the other blogs to see what the rest of the ladies cooked up for this fun challenge.

Julie Koerber

Daniela Dobson

Deborah March

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Rosemary Marino



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Belli Challenge #87 - Clips

The Belli Challenge today has us using CLIPS on our project and using a sketch. There are some fun designs from the team so hop over to the Belli Blog and check out the challenge rules and see the samples the ladies came up with this week.

I used the Irish Blessing Set from Flourishes to create my card. I colored the Shamrocks with Copics on Curious Cryogen Paper. I cut them out and popped them up over two circle Nesties. I did a little airbrushing on the sentiment and one of the layered circles. Used a Cuttlebug Background to add the embossing. I added the clip and used it to fasten my ribbon as well as hold my sentiment. few doodle stitch marks around the edges to finish up. Final card size in 4 1/2" Square.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pretty in Pink....


I just got the floral punch I used, one of Martha's... and wanted to test it out. It worked beautifully, punching out the little petals easily. I bent the flower petals back and forth to give the some life and also used 3-D silicone in between a few of them. The top flower was cut down in to three pieces tucking the ends under my pearl center.

To add on the sentiment at the bottom of the panel, I used wide ribbon folded in half... I added a piece of Scor-Pal tape in the fold so it would stay just as I wanted it to. Since I used Black ink to stamp the sentiment I added a few black stitch marks to the edges. Final card size is an A-2.
  • Stamps: Sentiment is from Prickley Pear : The Gladdest Thing #EE0082M
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Peppercorn, Misc. DP
  • Other: Cuttlebug Folder, Martha Stewart Mum Floral Punch, Wide Satin Ribbon, Lg. Pearl, 3D Silicone Glue, Corner Rounder

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Our Creative Corner - a Color Challenge

Over at the OCC, our March Hostess, Silke gave us a Color Challenge for today. Silke says --- PINK, BROWN, GREEN and YELLOW. This is an interesting combo! Check out all the challenge details, the prize package up for grabs this week on the OCC BLOG and see the cool samples that the other ladies came up with for this challenge!

I had a really hard time using all these colors together. I couldn't find any paper that really had all the colors mixed together.... so I went with an image that I thought I could incorporate them in to. Using a brand new release from Flourishes "A Friendly Reminder" and a new Nestie shape Labels 11, I'm loving lots of new goodies lately!! I used a Cuttlebug Folder to create the embossed background and airbrushed some clear tiles, changing them to pink.... adding those in the little embossed diamonds. I curved the nestie and used 3D Silicone to adhere to the panel, the silicone will hold the curved shape. Final card size is an A2.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Stamp Simply #130 -PINK and GREEN

Stamp Simply #129 - March 12th - Pink and Green
Today, Sharon issued the call for a color challenge: Pink and Green!

Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp. Play along and link your project with Mr. Linky on No Time to Stamp, Sharon's blog! Check out the beautiful samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Tammy, Janine, AJ,Deb, Barbara, Barb Schram, Jennifer, and Deb. Our March guest designer joins us for the Pink and Green challenge, Marlene Bender, her blog is Heart Spring.

I don't know if daisies come in pink or not, but this was the stamp I pulled before I looked up the challenge! So pink they are! I pulled new paper from Basic Grey's Kioshi Collection to work with, LOVING this new collection of papers. I stamped my image on Curios Cryogen White and used Copics to color. The pink ribbon was white silk 1/8" inch and I used a Copic R20 to change it up and match my flowers, using the bow easy to tie the bow with both ribbons at the same time. Final card size is 4 3/4" Square.